NASEO 2016 Annual Meeting

September 11-14, 2016
Providence Biltmore, Providence, RI


The following are confirmed presenters for the NASEO 2016 Annual Meeting:

Jeff Genzer
General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials

Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.

In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.

He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.

Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.

He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.

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Carol Grant
Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Carol Grant serves as Commissioner for the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), with more than 20 years of experience in operations, strategic human resources, policy, law, and communications. Most recently, she served in leadership roles at two different renewable energy companies.

As OER Commissioner, Ms. Grant leads policy and planning for Rhode Island's nationally-recognized clean energy programs, and ensures Rhode Island continues to excel in energy efficiency innovation.  She also addresses the challenges of affordability, resiliency, grid modernization, and system integration.

Ms. Grant holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.

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Robert Jackson
Director, Regional/National Response Division, Michigan Agency for Energy

Robert Jackson is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of industrial energy efficiency and environmental engineering experience.  Mr. Jackson is currently the Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy.  He is directly responsible for the state of Michigan’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Revolving Loan Program, and the State Energy Program’s Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing, Technology Demonstration and Deployment Programs, and Agricultural Energy Programs.

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Kevin Knobloch
Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Energy

Kevin Knobloch has more than 37 years of experience in public policy, government, advocacy and media. He serves as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy where he directs the Office of the Secretary and helps oversee the federal agency’s $30 billion budget and 115,000-person workforce.  Prior to joining the Department of Energy he was the President of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) for ten years, leading the science-based organization's strategic, analytical, legislative, and policy functions.  Earlier in his career, Kevin was legislative director for arms control and national security for UCS in its Washington office.  In the 1980s, he served as Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Tim Wirth (starting in the U.S. House in 1985 and moving with him to the Senate in 1986) and legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Ted Weiss of New York.  Mr. Knobloch began his career as a newspaper journalist for several publications in Massachusetts, including The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA.  He holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Micaelah Morrill
Director, Manufacturing Initiative, Greentown Labs

Micaelah is the Director of the Manufacturing Initiative for Greentown Labs, the largest clean tech incubator in the Northeast, Micaelah has developed a unique program to connect start-ups and manufacturers to help promote local commercialization and relationship building. Prior positions include: staff at Project Bread's Walk for Hunger, the offices of State Senator Robert O'Leary and State Senator Dan Wolf where she held roles ranging from Scheduler to Chief of Staff, and as a consultant for Berkshire Health Systems.

Micaelah received her BA from Umass Amherst & has a Master's in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University. She sits on the boards of the Political Science Advisory Board at Umass Amherst, the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), and serves as Co-Chair for the Umass Women Into Leadership (UWiL) program at Umass Amherst. She splits her time between Boston and Pittsfield with her husband, and loves Ben & Jerry's ice cream,
traveling & the New England Patriots.

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The Honorable Jack Reed
Member, U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

The Honorable Jack Reed is a senior United States Senator from Rhode Island, serving since 1997. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of Representatives for Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district from 1991 to 1997.

Senator Reed graduated from La Salle Academy and the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971. Following graduation, he spent several years in active duty military service. Reed earned the Ranger Tab and was a paratrooper. He served as a paratrooper in the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division where he was a Platoon Leader, Company Commander and Battalion Staff Officer.

Senator Reed attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he received a Masters of Public Policy. He returned to West Point in 1978 as an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences.[2] He left active duty in 1979 after earning the rank of Captain. However, he would remain a member of the United States Army Reserve until 1991. After leaving active duty, Reed enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he became a member of the Board of Student Advisers. In 1982, he graduated with his Juris Doctor and worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Afterwards, he returned to Rhode Island and joined Edwards and Angell, a Providence law firm. He worked with this group until 1990.

Reed was elected as a state senator in 1984 and served three terms.


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Dub Taylor
Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Dub Taylor is the Director of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), which is operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO's mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment.  Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor's private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting.  He is a native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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David Terry
Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.

Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Greg White
Executive Director, National Association Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Greg White holds a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Science in Resource Development from Michigan State University. His professional achievements include serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Regulatory Research Institute, Chairman of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition’s Executive Committee, President of the Board of Directors of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. and he is a lifetime member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.

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